George Killian's Irish Red
Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)

George Killian's Irish RedGeorge Killian's Irish Red
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Style:
Lager - American Amber / Red
Ranked #162
ABV:
4.9%
Score:
71
Ranked #50,499
Avg:
3.06 | pDev: 19.61%
Reviews:
886
Ratings:
3,211
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Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)
 
Colorado, United States
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Year-round
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WaterBoar from Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I got this beer.... when... lets say I was "old enough to drink" and leave it at that. I thought I was getting something cheap, exotic and foreign. WHAT A MORON I was! I made bread with this beer because the bottles got warm and I was not about to let it go to waste. If you need a beer to make beer bread, this is it! For drinking this is ok, but it is trying to be Irish and I remember them using an Irish guy in an Irish Pub telling me how great it was so I gave it a whirl. I wish they spent more money on making good beer than making clever advertisements. I feel like I have been had! The bottle label kicks ass but the beer needs something. Maybe a better grain selection. The color is cool if you pour it into a glass.

Saturday at 12:28 AM
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blazerkor from Nevada

2.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Smells malty sweet with a bit of a bitter bite.

It's watery and indistinguishably sweet. It also has some dank hops in the distant background.

It's thin as water with a small amount of fizz. The finish is short and bready.

It's not that good.  Very blah.  I give it a 3.3 out of 6.

May 10, 2021
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AccipiterofBeer from New York

3.43/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

from the bottle.

L: 3.5 reddish body with a white head. Moderate to copious carbonation.
S: 3.5 hoppy and malty
T: 3.25 Watery hops. Some light fruity notes. Bready malts.
F: 3.75 Light bodied,
O: 3.5 A decent drink.

Apr 04, 2021
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EnderFett11 from Virginia

3.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured moderately hard from a bottle into a basic glass, forming a finger of off-white head that soon faded to light lacing. Burnt-orange/red color, maybe 50% transparent. Smell is maybe a hint of hops. Taste is some caramel, a little bit of breadiness, and some hops at the end. Drinkable, nothing complicated. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Perfectly average red ale.

Mar 19, 2021
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OllieStalz from New York

3.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

The smell is pretty basic. Nothing too spectacular about it. The color is nice. I have a thing for amber colors. The taste is pretty okay. It's not gross, but it won't blow your socks off. I do enjoy it, and would drink it regularly. It is easy to drink, so it should be crowd-pleasing (well maybe not to the lite-only crew).

Feb 23, 2021
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md3kcn from Ohio

3.49/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass. Purchased as an individual bottle from Kroger for $1.29.

L - A sticky, reddish-bronze. Leaves a one-finger tan head.
S - Caramel and yeast are the most prominent here. Hints of copper, barley, and shortbread. Slight stone fruit notes.
T - Flavor follows nose. Caramel, rye, toast, and some earth.
F - Little carbonation. Very sticky, yet not very thick. Refreshing for sure.
O - Surprisingly good for a macro. Refreshing, filling, and something I'd definitely drink again. Not complex per se, but tasty for sure.

Feb 12, 2021
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DrBeergood from Ohio

3.15/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

L: Toasted to a shade of reddish brown. Clear. Low carbonation and nearly invisible nucleation.

S: Roasty malts with yeast and mild hops.

T: Very basic. It comes from an era where beer is beer. I can't complain about that.

F: Right down the middle.

O: I keep it in stock. It's like LaBatts, or Strohs--not especially remarkable, but it's comfortable, nostalgic, and familiar--Good traits for times where nothing seems to stay the same...

Jan 25, 2021
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

2.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Large rush of white carbonation against an amber hue and a see-through beer with a small creamy head. The smell is a boring light blend of roasted malt notes with a nearly uninspiring overall flavor.

The first taste is of caramel hops from the Crystal variety, wouldn't know the blend 80-120 or something around there. Low IBUs, nearly no hop presence. High carbonation throughout each sip, as the beer warms up the maltiness is paired with a sweetness akin to molasses. There are a few grassy hop notes in the character, but overall this beer is dull. For the average drinking, the balance would pleasurable and sort of a curveball from the average beer; but, the overall product leaves a lot to be desired and reminds me of a Märzen by way of the overall flavor profile.

Would I say Smithwicks is better? Yes, there is nearly no competition. Killians feels bastardized and maybe that is why the recipe sold the way it did as it is very basic and could capture a wider audience. There is a mild grainy sourness you can capture from the beer too that reminds me of a Märzen lager gone wrong.

Dec 23, 2020
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Mdog from Minnesota

3.35/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Clear amber, good head.

Smell: Bread, toasty. Pretty mild.

Taste: Bready, caramel, slightly earthy, toast, slick feel.

Overall: Used to drink Killians long ago as the "step up" beer from Miller Lite, before I got into hops or stouts. Not too bad, the only offputting characteristic was the mouthfeel, kind of slick and slimy. Weird.

Nov 01, 2020
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sjdevel from Utah

3.89/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

LOOK - - - pretty flat coming out of the twist off 12 ouncer bottle - beautiful color really - nice deep red / copper hints - barely a foam ring after pour
SMELL - - - some rich sweet malt - nice red/amber tartness wafting upwards - yeast and caramel
TASTE - - - slight bitterness upfront - great "redness" flavor - rich and slight tartness - caramel - malt - bread - crisp and clean flavor - a decent red but just lighter in flavor
FEEL - - - quite flat and uneventful - close to being a light bodied brew - could really benefit from having more carbonation
OVERALL - - - It's been a couple of decades since I had one of these and thought I would try again as a single - it is still a pretty good brew - this was one of my gateway beers (I hated beer for years until I started tasting ones with flavor!) - I may pick up a 6 pack of this once in awhile - it has a nice red flavor and is still pretty light and refreshing as it is more like a session red / thinner and lighter

Oct 24, 2020
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Gaetan0 from New Hampshire

4.52/5  rDev +47.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Great, non-after taste beer. Exactly what you're looking for after a long hard day at work. Great amber color, nice undertone of roasted barley. It's what you want for a low percent beer that isn't a bud or natty. The roasted barely and the kilned malts is what really makes this beer amazing. Some great notes of toffee/caremel in there aswell, like I said with 0 aftertaste. Great beer overall!

The beer averages 4.45 for myself. Great beer!

Sep 16, 2020
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lilbenzie from Tennessee

1.15/5  rDev -62.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

Really not a good beer at all. I had this years ago when I was a teenager, and I thought it was great. Back then I had only had bud light or natty light so it seemed better compared. Bought a sixer to try again. There is almost zero head once poured. Not really a smell to talk about. The taste is just like any light mass produced beer in America. Don’t waste the money on this one.

Jul 14, 2020
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1009 from Massachusetts

3.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I love a good Irish red, so after years of walking by this in the liquor store, decided to give a single a go. It pours beautifully into a red amber glow, however this is the most redeeming quality. The smell is sweet like most malty beers, but as far as taste goes it is very average. This beer in particular drinks somewhat smooth but we have definitely had better Reds. A heavier beer, so more of a night starter.

Jun 26, 2020
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

2.69/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Immediately upon pouring this beer you notice the rich red/amber color of the brew, it pours little to no head. The smell of this beer is a mixture between a really good malty style brew & cheap light beer, kind of off-putting in my opinion. The taste has a good bit of malts & caramel, but this beer still has that cheap light beer aftertaste... It's a pretty fizzy beer but, it goes down smooth. Honestly, the best thing about this beer is the 5.4% ABV.

Jun 08, 2020
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KD8EUp

3.36/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I purchased a 1/6 keg of this.. and I'm pretty satisfied. It isn't the greatest beer... but for the price I can't complain. No bitter aftertaste, lots of caramel flavor, not much of a head. It will get me through a couple of months here in Cincinnati..

May 20, 2020
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jwp777 from Oklahoma

3.54/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draught:

Pours a nutty reddish brown color with an eggshell white head that is about 1/2 inch tall and holds for a good length of time. Some lacing.

Smell is mild, but it smells of malts and some caramel maybe. I would have enjoyed a bit more potency.

Taste is malty with strong caramel tones. There are some slightly earthy notes and a taste that resembles toasted crackers. Overall it is fairly sweet tasting. The bitterness is quite low, which I like in a red ale.

Feel is nothing special, but enjoyable. Medium carbonation, light to medium body. Not much of an aftertaste or lingering feel on the tongue.

Overall, reasonably impressive (and cheap...) for an American interpretation of Irish red ales. Maybe a bit more enjoyable with St. Patrick’s Day around the corner.

Mar 10, 2020
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DaveAhl from New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The bottle says 5.4% ABV, not 4.9% as listed on Beer Advocate site. Taste is pretty ordinary, okay but nothing special, certainly not what I'd expect of an Irish larger. Very little head, which I don't mind. For $7.99 a six-pack, a good value.

Feb 22, 2020
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CWINS65

1/5  rDev -67.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

ZERO! Possibly the worst beer I've had. Bad taste, like expired carmel corn left in water. Smell, just as bad. Whether on tap or in bottles I have tried it 3 times to see if I was getting a bad batch but no, this sucks!

Feb 14, 2020
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JayMacarus

3.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Was introduced to Killians by surprise one day and admittedly enjoyed! A dark colored beer with a very faint smell. The taste is better than expected considering it was shelved near other cheeper, domestic beers. Feel was nothing unusual, and after tones were typical for a large scale brew. Would recommend for someone looking for a good turn in domestic bottles.

Dec 26, 2019
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Tantonys from Maine

3.61/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another blast from the past now brewed by Coors
I've always liked it.
Maybe not as heavy as you would expect from an Irish brew
mild copper, slightly caramelized malt with some adjuncts?
Probably some MGo corn..., I recon.
Decent crisp bitter hops w/o much aroma.
Irish heritage comes through,
yet not enough single malt to be true.

Nov 12, 2019
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PMakowski from New Hampshire

3.43/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz bottle poured into glass
Look - deep red amber color. Small foam head fades rapidly to a small amount of glass lacing
Smell - Sweet caramel, some cherry, and crackers. Can tell there is some adjunct.
Taste - The style calls for the beer to be sweet and it is very sweet. It doesn't have any real bitterness. I think cherry is the main flavor, as it in some ways is similar to Sam Adams Cherry Wheat. It goes down smooth but the carbonation is medium-high.

Overall, it's not that far off from American macro lagers but it does have a distinct flavor. It may not be the most exciting beer but it's easy to drink, it's sweet, and once in a while it's not bad to have a few. Grade is a B.

Oct 18, 2019
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SmokySignals from North Carolina

3.62/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

My head chef got me onto Killian's in the late 90's, by leaving ice cold pitchers for me in the walk in freezer! After a long night of 2 guy hot line, it was awesome! Nice color and head, easy to slam (not a ton of flavor)

Oct 10, 2019
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Urtravel from Pennsylvania

4.86/5  rDev +58.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: ruby color with frothy two finger head and lace that lasts
S: sweet malty smell that lingers
T: follows smell but with tingly carbonation that penetrates tongue
F: very smooth going down
O: a great Irish red

Aug 11, 2019
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VoxRationis from New York

4.06/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; best by 10/17/19.
A: Pours a crystal clear, dark copper color with a two finger, fluffy, wheat colored head, cap retention and solid rings of lacing.
S: A little tangy and funky on pour, but resolving to a spicy, caramel, toffee, slightly peppery nose.
T: Sweet. Flavors of caramel/molasses malts and toffee. Light, balancing bitterness.
M: Light to medium bodied and moderate carbonation. Very smooth and slightly creamy.
O: Have had Killian's many, many times, but a first time for reviewing it. Flavorful, smooth and delicious. Not a great aroma up front, but really a very nice brew overall, especially given the price point.

Jul 13, 2019
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RonHen from New York

4.61/5  rDev +50.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not being a beer snob and going just for the refreshment and taste aspect of this beer, it is , by far, the finest in its price range. It blows away Budweiser, Corona, Heineken, Miller and the like. Leaves no lingering bitter aftertaste, or overly hoppy blandness on the back of your tongue. I agree it doesn't present a long, frothy head, but that sort of beer is the kind you drink on special occasions, or with friends at a bar. Similarly, you don't break out the champagne to enjoy a simple, mellow wine with dinner, do you?
However, if you can afford it, go ahead. Waste your money.

Jul 03, 2019
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